It can be confusing trying to figure out the difference between kevlar work gloves and tactical gloves.
Since many popular tactical glove styles are manufactured with kevlar, lots of people assume that any glove which utilized kevlar to protect your hand is automatically a tactical glove. But this isn’t the case. Work gloves — made with kevlar or not — often lack the features which distinguish true tactical gloves from lookalikes or wannabes.
Kevlar is generally incorporated into gloves for two reasons:
- Cut resistance
- Abrasion resistance
Note that resistance to piercing isn’t listed. Pierce resistance is difficult to achieve with kevlar unless multiple layers are used, and unless the material is chemically modified for the purpose. This sort of modification reduces the pliability and makes it unsuitable for use in gloves. (Mostly, it’s used for kevlar automobile tires or similar applications.)
Since work gloves are often used in situations that demand cut resistance, kevlar makes perfect sense. Although the expense means that these gloves are not for casual use, people who need top of the line cut resistance will do well with a pair of kevlar work gloves.
But as I mentioned earlier, kevlar tactical gloves are another thing entirely. These gloves are built for protection, but they also need to supply a good amount of manual dexterity (unlike work gloves). And they sometimes have additional armor built in, such as over the knuckles.
So, when you’re in the market to buy kevlar work gloves, don’t get sidetracked by the larger, more heavily-hyped tactical glove advertisements.
It’s easy to spend more money than you really wanted to, but the features and designs demanded by users in the tactical gloves market are overkill when they’re applied to a pair of simple work gloves.